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Where did the English Ottley family come from? What is the English Ottley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ottley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ottley family history?

The name Ottley belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the parish of Oteley found in the counties of Shropshire, Suffolk and the West Riding of Yorkshire.


Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Ottley include Ottley, Otley, Oatley, Oteley, Oatly and others.

First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ottley research. Another 311 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1434, 1601, 1626, 1649, 1661, 1670, 1716, and 1723 are included under the topic Early Ottley History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 45 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ottley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Ottley were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Ottley Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Arthur Ottley (1649-1705) was born in St. Christopher's

Ottley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Susannah Ottley, an English convict, who arrived in Virginia in 1773

Ottley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Ottley, aged 23, landed in New York in 1812
  • William Ottley, aged 60, arrived in New York in 1812


  • William Young Ottley (1771-1836), English painter
  • William Ottley (1797-1820), English barrister at law in England, who died in St. Vincent
  • Sir Charles Langdale Ottley (1858-1932), English Knight and Rear Admiral
  • Dave Ottley (b. 1955), British athlete competitor in the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • Kendon Ottley (b. 1985), Canadian cricket player
  • Gerold Ottley, retired music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Matt Ottley (b. 1962), Australian (b. in Papua New Guinea), Author/Illustrator
  • Drewry Ottley (b. 1754), Antiguan judge and politician, president and Chief Justice of St. Vincent, West Indies
  • Sir Richard Ottley, Chief Justice of Ceylon in 1883


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The Ottley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ottley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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